Environmental Monitoring: Driving Year-Round Innovations

Since 1970, January has been National Blood Donor Month. The goal: to encourage blood donation during the winter months, when need often outpaces supply. At STANLEY Healthcare, we’re proud to support blood banks—and drive innovation in Environmental Monitoring across healthcare settings—all year long. In conjunction with National Blood Donor Month, here’s a quick look back at 2016’s innovations.

Streamlining recalibration

NIST-traceable calibration certificates for our tags are a core element of STANLEY Healthcare’s Environmental Monitoring Solution, which is used by blood banks, pharmacies and other departments that must maintain specific temperature and humidity ranges. Our environmental monitoring tags should be calibrated on a regular basis, a task that had proved challenging for some organizations. After all, removing the tags for recalibration could lead to monitoring downtime. But skipping the process altogether creates other risks: potential loss of blood and other human tissues, possible damage to expensive medications and vaccines, and threat of costly fines for refrigerators or freezers without up-to-date calibration certificates. To make the process fast, simple and easy, STANLEY Healthcare launched our new Environmental Monitoring Tag Calibration & Certification Program in 2016.

Supporting VFC providers

Although it doesn’t affect blood banks, January 1, 2017 was a major deadline for any provider that participates in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Vaccines for Children (VFC) Program. Starting in 2017, the CDC no longer permits household combination refrigerator/freezers to be used to store vaccines for children. In addition, providers are now required to have calibrated digital data loggers for continuous temperature monitoring of the vaccines along with a back-up thermometer. STANLEY Healthcare has been working with our customers to address these changes. In fact, our VFC 300 Wi-Fi Data Logger solution is just the latest example in our long track record of helping clients tackle evolving compliance requirements.

Diving into data

One of the most exciting innovations in environmental monitoring: use of data visualization and analytics. When paired with STANLEY Healthcare’s Environmental Monitoring Solution, MobileView Analytics transforms complex environmental monitoring data into real-time and historical visualizations. We’re especially excited about the potential of our new alert analytics dashboards, which provide a single, consolidated view of all events to identify trends, proactively address problematic assets, and examine response patterns.  These visual analytics help in not only understanding current temperature and humidity conditions of assets and rooms but also analyzing historical performance, event data and compliance documentation.

Sharing success

Finally, we were proud to be featured in a presentation by Florida Hospital Orlando at the 2016 AABB Annual Meeting. Ericka Urrutia-King, BSMT, Senior Medical Technologist, Transfusion Service, shared the results of the hospital’s six-month study comparing traditional manual temperature tracking against tracking via an automated solution. For six months, the hospital collected data from a range of assets, including refrigerators, platelet incubators, freezers, water baths and heating blocks. The study validated STANLEY Healthcare’s automated solution—which has since replaced all paper-based environmental monitoring in the Transfusion Service Department at Florida Hospital.

This month, we encourage you to give blood if you’re able. In every month of the year, we invite you to engage with us at STANLEY Healthcare as we continue to drive automation—and innovation—in environmental monitoring.